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Treatment Options for Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

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    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor and regional gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Metastatic Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

    Distant metastases

    Treatment of distant metastases of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors is usually palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment may include the following:

    • Surgery (resection) to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
    • Hormone therapy.
    • Radiopharmaceutical therapy.
    • Radiation therapy for cancer that has spread to the bone, brain, or spinal cord.
    • A clinical trial of a new treatment.

    Liver metastases

    Treatment of cancer that has spread to the liver may include the following:

    • Surgery resection to remove the tumor from the liver.
    • Hepatic artery embolization.
    • Cryosurgery.
    • Radiofrequency ablation.
    • Liver transplant.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with metastatic gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Recurrent Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

    Treatment of recurrent gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors may include the following:

    • Surgery to remove part or all of the tumor.
    • A clinical trial of a new treatment.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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    Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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